SOBER VOTERS

Nacada lauds bar owners for accepting to close shops on poll day

Last week businessmen decided to close their premises to enable residents to fully participate in next week's election

In Summary
  • The agency's chief executive officer Victor Okioma noted this was one of the ways to promote peaceful elections.
  • Kirinyaga is the ninth county out of ten that Nacada has toured to conduct peace sensitisation campaigns.
Nacada CEO Victor Okioma and kirinyaga county commissioner Moses Ivuto addressing journalists on Tuesday
Nacada CEO Victor Okioma and kirinyaga county commissioner Moses Ivuto addressing journalists on Tuesday
Image: WANGECHI WANG'ONDU

Nacada has lauded the Kirinyaga bar owners for their willingness to close their premises during the election day.

The agency's chief executive officer Victor Okioma noted this was one of the ways to promote peaceful elections.

He further appealed to other operators to follow suit and said if possible the government should issue a directive on the closure of all bars on August 9.

Okioma spoke in Kerugoya, Kirinyaga county on Tuesday after meeting 500 youth leaders who would become peace envoys across the county during the polls.

“It won't hurt to close the premises for a day so that all citizens can exercise their civic duty while sober. Kenyans can do without a drink on that day,” he said.

Kirinyaga bar owners association chairman Antony Mucheke last week said they decided to close their premises to enable residents to fully participate in next week's election.

Okioma said alcohol and substance abuse immensely contribute to poor political decision-making and encouraged sobriety during the polls.

He lamented how youths are being used by political players to ruin their opponents' rallies and cause chaos.

Okioma is now calling on youths to refrain from being used as agents of violence but be peace ambassadors.

Kirinyaga is the ninth county out of 10 that Nacada has toured to conduct peace sensitisation campaigns.

(Edited by Tabnacha O)

Nacada officials led by CEO Victor Okioma during a youth peace promotion forum in Kirinyaga county on Tuesday
Nacada officials led by CEO Victor Okioma during a youth peace promotion forum in Kirinyaga county on Tuesday
Image: WANGECHI WANG'ONDU
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